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Since 1991, the Foundation has funded programs that work to change the lives of women and girls in more than 1,900 communities across Canada. You can view our most recent grantee programs below, searching by province and program type. Learn more about our approach to moving women and girls out of violence, out of poverty, into confidence, and leadership.

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SARAH: The Basics of Healthy Relationships

Sexplique
Québec, QC

This program equips young people with violence-prevention tools and strategies just as they’re beginning to start dating and forming romantic relationships. Through interactive workshops, participants explore: thinking critically about social media, body image, self-esteem and values, love vs. friendship, socio-cultural identity, healthy communication, consent and sexuality. Workshop themes and discussions are guided by participants’ personal experiences and interests. A youth committee is in charge of creating a wider impact in the community and developing an intervention tool to raise awareness among their peers. The program also offers training to adults who have teens in their lives, including parents, caregivers, and facilitators from partner organizations.

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Leadership, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Respect Without Borders

Bureau de la Communauté Haïtienne de Montréal
Montreal, Quebec

The Bureau de la Communauté Haïtienne de Montréal will continue its school programming with a new focus on raising awareness about cyber violence, hypersexualization, and to promote respect for diversity. With the support of facilitators, participants will launch their own awareness campaigns, using social media platforms to spread the word. The goal is to unite teens around common goals, promote collaboration, resilience, critical thinking and leadership.

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Leadership, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Connect2Protect

Boys and Girls Club of Summerside
Summerside, Prince Edward Island

Students in this healthy relationship program start each session with a home-cooked meal. It is open to youth of all gender identities and backgrounds and focuses on inclusion. Younger participants (Grades 7-9) cover topics including: how values and media influence identity; setting boundaries; healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, assertive communication, consent, and developing a personal safety plan. Older participants (Grades 10-12) focus on: healthy relationship characteristics; how to use personal power and participate in social activism; the impact of sexting; violence in relationships; conflict resolution and dating violence prevention.

Location: Prince Edward Island
Program Focus: Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Black Peer Education Network

Black Women in Motion
Toronto, Ontario

This project is dedicated to creating healthy and safe learning spaces for Black youth to dismantle and challenge rape culture and sexual violence within the Black community. It will work with teens across the gender spectrum who are Black or of African descent (including but not limited to Afro-Caribbean, Black-Indigenous and/or Afro-Latinx).

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Em(Power) and Allyship

Sexual Assault Centre of Waterloo Region
Kitchener, Ontario

Teens in this program address and explore the root causes of gender-based violence, including power and privilege, toxic masculinity, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, and ableism. Participants will develop healthy relationship skills, as well as advocacy, allyship, and bystander intervention strategies so they know how to respond to harmful behaviours. After the 10-week program, youth leaders will have the skills they need to continue the group as a club.

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Empowered Youth

Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing
Nipissing, Ontario

The Empowered Youth Program will increase teens’ understanding of healthy relationships (with intimate partners, family, friends, community and self) through education, counselling, and a support group. It also seeks to address the gap in local services for those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, and who may be facing isolation and/or abuse. The program raises teens’ awareness and fosters a culture of consent, equity, respect, safety, and resilience.

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Non-Binary BIPOC Drop-In

Planned Parenthood of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

The Non-Binary BIPOC Drop-In is a weekly group for teens who identify as non-binary Black, Indigenous, or people of colour. Through discussions and activities facilitated by staff and peer facilitators, participants will explore the intersections of their identities, build community, and gain confidence. A youth advisory committee will be formed to ensure that programming is developed collaboratively with youth and to provide training and support for advisory committee members who become peer facilitators for the group.

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Leadership, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

The Ins and Outs of Healthy Relationships

Newfoundland & Labrador Sexual Health Centre
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

This 12-week program empowers youth to understand healthy relationships (romantic, platonic, familial, and professional) and learn tools to improve or end unhealthy relationships. Learning these skills will help to help prevent intimate partner violence, and to empower participants who are trans, Two-Spirit or gender non-binary.

Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
Program Focus: Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Healthy Futures

Second Stage Safe Haven
Saint John, New Brunswick

The Healthy Futures project promotes and cultivates healthy relationships, communities, and safe spaces for teens in New Brunswick. It provides educators, guidance counsellors and facilitators in middle schools with training and resources and delivers healthy relationship programming to rural and urban students in both official languages. The project also trains high-school facilitators working with vulnerable youth, and youth who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. Working with partners, Healthy Futures also aims to determine effective intervention strategies for cyber bullying and sexual assault.

Location: New Brunswick
Program Focus: Leadership, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

We Know Our Worth

The Pas Family Resource Centre
The Pas, Manitoba

Based on feedback from youth who access the Teen Centre, The Pas Resource Centre focuses on programming that supports youth to establish clear boundaries, develop mutual respect, maintain individual identity, enhance communication skills, and have a better understanding of gender, identity, sexual orientation, self-expression and personal safety. As requested by the youth, these workshops will be adapted to be shared with their families to foster healthy relationships.

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Positive Adolescent Sexuality Support (PASS)

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre
Headlingly, Manitoba

This program is designed to educate Indigenous youth, foster healthy relationships and sexuality in a culturally relevant, safe, and supportive learning environment. The peer-based program focuses on four elements of being: Education and life skills for the mind, spirituality and culture for the spirit, awareness and prevention for the body, and support for emotions. Workshops are youth-driven and include healthy relationships, teen dating violence, birth-control methods, STD/STI awareness, self-esteem, and more.

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

UPstanders Against Violence

Prince George Sexual Assault Centre
Prince George, British Columbia

UPstanders Against Violence is a leadership and capacity-building program to reduce and prevent gender-based violence. This youth-driven program brings together community expertise, school/faculty supports. It is designed to increase knowledge, awareness, capacity, and resilience, while reducing the risk of violence, and providing a continuum of support to foster systemic change and sustainability.

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Leadership, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Pitone Teen Healthy Relationships Program

Grande Prairie Friendship Centre
Grande Prairie, Alberta

This culturally based program encourages youth aged 10-19 to reflect on how their thoughts, beliefs, biases and fears impact their relationships with others. Participants explore gender stereotypes and gender-based violence and inequalities, with a goal of learning how to recognize healthy relationships and prevent violence. A Red Cross teen healthy relationships facilitator delivers the sessions and trains co-facilitators. Elders and Knowledge Keepers provide cultural guidance, lead ceremonies, and provide individual support for youth and facilitators. The program is inclusive of all gender expressions and is led by youth, for youth.

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Leadership, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Youth Warrior Program

Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Victoria, British Columbia

This is a training program for Indigenous children aged 6-14 who have witnessed violence at home and/or at school. It aims to help develop children’s understanding of self-esteem, setting boundaries, anti-violence strategies, cyber-bullying, land-based learning, and storytelling. It ends with a “coming-of-age” cultural ceremony steeped in traditional teachings with Elders. The program supports children’s recovery from inter-generational trauma, and provides cultural supports and practical skills to support them into adulthood.

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Indigenous Culture and Teaching, Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships for Trans, 2-Spirit, Non-binary, Gender-Nonconforming Youth

Centre for Sexuality
Calgary, Alberta

This project aims to build a program that creates a safe and welcoming space for gender non-conforming and non-binary youth to: explore their identities; experience a sense of belonging and acceptance; and develop healthy relationship skills. This will empower youth who are often marginalized to recognize and prevent abusive relationships and advance gender equity.

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Violence Prevention for Youth
Grant Streams: Teen Healthy Relationships